The World Went Quiet

by Tony Cox

One and Only 06:34
Sho' Left 03:37


Multiple award-winning acoustic guitarist, singer, composer and recording artist, Tony Cox has just completed his twenty third album. Titled after the strange oddities that have taken place during the Covid19 pandemic such as well known and generally bustling tourist areas now utterly silent and abandoned. This theme runs through the album with tracks like Empty Dance Hall and the haunting title track, The World Went Quiet. Cox pays remembrance and homage to those that have been taken by the virus with the sparse, Never Forgotten.

Before you begin to think the album is all doom and gloom, along come tracks like Elephant Stomp, a killer fingerpicker with overtones of blues, rock and jazz. Then there is a playful, African inspired romp for his young son, Tauboy my Cowboy and the almost Celtic, Campling's Challenge. The album's last track is Sho' Left, a South Africanism used wryly and applied to something that has taken a serious deviation. The track is an upbeat Zulu flavoured toe-tapper and is the only track with a full set of drums.

The three songs with lyrics on the album are each stylistically different from the other. One and Only that features Cox's daughter Thuli on vocals, is an unforgiving song about gender-based violence, something that South Africa has a massive problem with. Then there is Bathed in Blue, a song about love and immigrants who are treated very shabbily in that country. In massive contrast to these two songs is the country-flavoured and tongue firmly-in-cheek, love song that comes with a humorous critique on machismo, I Meant to put A Heart.

For the first time since 1984 when he holed up in his bedroom with a Fostex X15 and recorded an album for cassette tape release and brought on by the Covid restrictions and lockdowns, Cox has engineered and produced the entire album himself. He plays all the instruments, including two steel-strings and one nylon string guitar and he uses a baritone on the track Elephant Stomp.

The World Went Quiet is due for release in both South Africa and the UK since Cox has now taken up residence there with his family.


released May 21, 2021

All guitars: Tony Cox
Recorded, mixed and mastered at home by Tony Cox
Added Vocals: Thuli Cox


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Tony Cox is considered to be one of the finest acoustic guitarists from South Africa and has won several South African music awards (SAMA) for his recorded work. He is a consummate live performer and has toured the world garnering great critical acclaim in the process. ... more

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